Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Analysis of Duke's hoops schedule

Home: UNC-Greensboro, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte or Elon, Radford, St. John's, Gardner-Webb, Long Beach State, Penn, Tulsa

Road: Wisconsin, Georgetown

Neutral: NIT Tip-Off semifinals and final (if Duke advances), Gonzaga, Iowa State.

Analysis: This schedule is front-loaded with easy early games that will allow a Duke backcourt that's short on depth to develop. The Blue Devils are likely to count on freshmen Andre Dawkins and Mason Plumlee or Ryan Kelly to play significant minutes. Six straight games to start the season against opponents that aren't in BCS conferences will ease their transition to college basketball.

Outside the conference, Duke will get a chance to market its program at traditional big city hot spots. Highlights include games against Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden, Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Iowa State at Chicago. The Blue Devils also will visit Wisconsin in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Games at North Carolina on Feb. 10 and at home against the Tar Heels on March 6 are the in-conference highlights. The Blue Devils' in-conference schedule should be somewhat challenging. They play twice each against the Tar Heels, Maryland (which should be the ACC's third-best team because Greivis Vasquez is back) and Clemson, which has defeated Duke in the teams' last two meetings.

Oct. 24Pfeiffer, TBA
Nov. 3Findlay, 7
Nov. 13UNC Greensboro, 7
Nov. 16Coastal Carolina, NIT Tip-Off at Durham, 7
Nov. 17Charlotte or Elon, NIT Tip-Off at Durham, 6
Nov. 21Radford, 7
Nov. 25NIT Tip-Off semifinals at New York, N.Y., 7 or 9
Nov. 27NIT Tip-Off final at New York, N.Y., 5
Dec. 2at Wisconsin, 9:15
Dec. 5St. John's, 3:30
Dec. 15Gardner-Webb, 7
Dec. 19vs. Gonzaga at New York, N.Y., 4
Dec. 29Long Beach State, 7
Dec. 31Pennsylvania, 6
Jan. 3Clemson, 7:45
Jan. 6vs. Iowa State at Chicago, 10
Jan. 9at Georgia Tech, 2
Jan. 13Boston College, 7
Jan. 17Wake Forest, 8
Jan. 20at N.C. State, 9
Jan. 23at Clemson, 9
Jan. 27Florida State, 9
Jan. 30at Georgtown, 1
Feb. 4Georgia Tech, 7
Feb. 6at Boston College, 2
Feb. 10at North Carolina, 9
Feb. 13Maryland, 1
Feb. 17at Miami, 7
Feb. 21Virginia Tech, 6:30
Feb. 25Tulsa, 7
Feb. 28 @ UVa, 7:45
March 3 @ Maryland, 9
March 6 UNC, 9

Note: Duke must win the Preseason NIT regional on its home floor to advance to the semifinals in New York.

-- Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

No Davidson this year. Bummer!

Anonymous said...

Once again the blew devils don't play anyone. ratman is scheduling some real cupcakes so he can overtake his idol bob "theazz" knight for all time wins.